Righteousness is how things are done in heaven. When Jesus came into the world he brought heaven with him.
When we leave the world and we enter Christ we are in heaven.
Matthew 13:36-43 – The devil sowed them in the Kingdom, not in the world. He’s a child of the devil.
Sin is not a problem that man deals with, it is a problem that God has to deal with. You cannot change yourself. If you could change yourself you would not need to be here. Jesus died a terrible death. It would have been easier to have been hit by a semi truck. The intent was not just to kill Jesus, but to punish him.
God says stop struggling.
Why do we struggle:
- We want to succeed
- We want to prove a point
- We want to try our best
- We don’t want fail
What is the right reason why we struggle. It comes from our past and it doesn’t have to do with our mom or dad. We struggle because of one reason, that is because Eve and Adam stopped trusting God when he said something to them.
Everything we do now must be done by faith. But we love everything that we do to be predictable.
How do you succeed away from perfection?
It’s Gods presence that makes us perfect. Standing in God’s presence makes us perfect.
Genesis 3:1-7 – Adam and Eve were perfect. They trusted God. They believed everything God had said. Satan says “if you disobey and sin then you shall be like God”. You shall be like God. You will know by experience Good and Evil.
Why does God want us to be born again? So we can be like him.
How many people who are born again believe they are like God?
Hebrews 12:4 – You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
The more independent you become the less trusting you become. Sin is declaring independence.
The blood that keeps our bodies alive, is the same as the Holy Spirit in our spirit.
God used our bodies to tell us what is happening in the spirit. We have a heart that pumps blood. In our heart, anyone who is not born again has a heart of stone. What is the greatest thing our heart transports? Oxygen. The breath of God. We have a heart in our spirit. It pumps life aka “Holy Spirit”. What does this life carry? It carries the Grace of God in our bodies.
Why the Grace? Why not gentleness, peace? Because the Grace of God is the only way God can affect your Spirit AND Body and the same time. Our bodies are instruments to perform. And the only thing that wants to stop it from performing is Sin. Grace is the only thing God created to take care of Sin. The Grace of God does two things. 1. It manufacturers and produces righteousness. Righteousness is the manifestation that the life of God is inside of you.
So we see very clearly that the Grace of God in Romans 5:16-20. The amazing thing about Grace is it finds what you need and then it supplies it in abundance. The essence of Grace is so that we don’t lack anything. What makes it difficult for the believer to enjoy Grace? All this is God working in us. In one second Satan says “I don’t think you can do it”. Satan has to find a way to bring you in. You sit down to have a conversation with your wife or your boss at the office. What is the first thing you should do before the conversation? We should pray. Do we usually do that?
Why don’t people pray all the time? Because they don’t realize they are spiritual people in a spiritual world doing spiritual business. Whatever you see is deceitful, it may not be true.
When God wants to solve a problem he talks to you. Faith comes by hearing. The Holy Spirit talks to us. Satan is into augmented reality.
How does the Grace of God work? The Grace of God is Gods own contribution for making you born again.
God wants us to use what has been given and told by him to overcome what we see.
Numbers 12, 13 – They get to the place to enter the promised land and they see giants. And they come back and say “if we go in there we die”. Where will God be when the Giant is trying to kill you. Will he just watch you die? What God is trying to say is “If you can’t trust me I can’t work.” What is Grace? God working for you – but he needs you to trust him to do it.
God is working for you, God loves working for you. It’s usually the little guy working for the big guy. God is in us, working FOR us. Giving us the will, being able to communicate to us in our mind. Why doesn’t he communicate to us in our heart? Because our hearts are full of Faith. Do you know every time God talks to you he tells you something impossible? God said to Moses “move towards the water so it will open”. A person who is born again naturally lives in miracles. There’s a problem with miraculous people, they want to be normal, they want to be like everyone else. We are born again to show off.
Why does God do it by area, situation by situation? Because God wants us to trust him all the time. Trust is the same thing as Faith. Sometimes God won’t even show up till the last minute. God wants us to trust him when it seems like nothing is working. Because we can’t see it working doesn’t mean it isn’t. Grace is God working, giving us what we do not have. Grace is God working out the things that need to happen.
What are we saying today? Your heart pumps the spirit, life is in and to your spirit. That spirit of God, when you pray and believe, will pump grace from your spirit and affect your body. Many people have experienced this, but when you pray anytime you don’t have time or are tired the spirit of God cannot affect your body because you don’t have time. Compared when you have taken the time to be in God’s presence. You have prayed things that you never planned to.
1 Corinthians 12:7,11 – But the manifestation of the Spirit if given to each one for the profit of all. But one and the same spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
God is giving from the Spirit, gifts. The difference between God and us is that it has to be our birthday to give gifts.
Everything that Jesus has, God gave everything. Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Prophecy – I can tell you of things to come ahead of time.